20-mile detour during A361 Glastonbury to Shepton Mallet road closure
Residents of Glastonbury and commuters have a twenty-mile diversion to look forward to for two days when Coursing Batch is closed off to traffic.
A 20-metre section of the A361 Glastonbury to Shepton Mallet road will be closed near Wellhouse Lane and the entrance to the Chalice Well gardens.
The road closure comes into effect on March 18.
It will remain in place for 18 months, although the works are expected to take around two days to complete once it starts.
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Somerset County Council have issued a notice of the closure, as well as an extensive diversion which will see motorists directed towards the A37 to the "whitstone" hill roundabout in Shepton Mallet, across the outskirts of Shepton, down the Wells by-pass, through Coxley and re-enter Glastonbury at the Tin Bridge Roundabout.
The detour is around 20 miles long, and according to route planners will take 37 minutes – around the same time as it would take to drive from Glastonbury to North Petherton.
It is expected to be in place for two days, while Wales and West Utilities lay a new gas pipe.
One Glastonbury resident, Brian Young said: "It's a mammoth detour.
"I'm reasonably sure I'll be exploring some back roads during the road closure, because the diversion just seems a little bit on the ridiculous side."
A spokesman for Wales and West Utilities said: "Wales & West Utilities are doing all we can to minimise inconvenience to the public and to local businesses during the road closure, and it is our full intention to complete this work on schedule.
"We would like to thank the residents and businesses of Glastonbury for their co-operation, patience and assistance while this essential gas mains replacement work is carried out."
Somerset County Council said a diversion had been put in place and they hoped the work would be completed as quickly as possible.
A spokesman said: "We understand the disruption this road closure will cause to residents and we hope the work will be completed, safely and as quickly and efficiently as possible. Although this sort of work can be inconvenient to motorists, this is essential maintenance that needs to be carried out."
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